WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. - Led by the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Pedro Martinez, the district is launching a new method of monitoring school performance and student progress.
The WCSD Performance Framework provides a well-rounded description of how students are progressing academically along milestones that define student success beginning in kindergarten and continuing until graduation. The information will be shared with the community as a critical part of the District's ongoing effort to maintain transparency by making school data and information readily available to the community.
In unveiling the framework during the annual State of Education address Tuesday night, Martinez said the system will use numerous measures of performance to categorize schools in a five-star system. Ninety percent of the measures are academic and cover different areas including reading, math and science, and areas of achievement such as proficiency, growth, credit attainment and advanced course completion. Each school can earn up to 100 points, and the star classification is based on the number of points each school receives.
This information will allow the district to identify successes and challenges at each school and to better support schools by providing assistance and resources based on their individual needs. Under the framework, schools that are categorized as lower performing will receive more intensive support from the District, while high performing schools will be given more flexibility to institute innovative new programs and reach new levels of performance and success.
According to district's 2013 framework rankings, Incline Middle and High schools are listed as 4-star schools, while Incline Elementary is a 3-star school.
In July, 2011, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees adopted an accountability policy to help carry out the strategic plan Envision WCSD 2015 - Investing In Our Future, and directed staff to establish a performance framework that would objectively describe performance in schools and in the District.
The state of Nevada is also designing a school performance framework, which is intended to guide schools across the state. The WCSD-PF aligns with the Nevada School Performance Framework, but Washoe County School District added additional measures of performance to its framework to reflect its core values.
These additions include science, family engagement, achievement gaps among racial and ethnic populations, and growth to college readiness levels. They build upon the foundation of the state's framework and include more rigorous measures that will lead to college and career readiness.
- This edited press release was submitted to the Bonanza by the Washoe County School District. Learn more www.washoecountyschools.org.